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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bristol-Green Week

Green Week information is now on the website here:


To here:







Keep Bristol Beautiful and the Bristol Public Library would like to invite you to join the Bristol community in celebrating National Green Week, February 1st-5th through the many events we have planned.


February 3rd at 11:30 A.M. ~ Founding Director of Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice, G. Dodd Galbreath, will present Greening Your Business for Survival in the New Economy”.    You will learn how to apply sustainability concepts in your business and receive information to help your business survive in the new economy.  The event will be held at the Bristol Public Library at 11:30 A.M.  Cost is $24 which includes lunch.  To register, call 423-989-4873.


February 4th at 6:30 P.M. ~ Independent Filmmaker Jeff Barrie, will show the top 10 ways you can begin saving lots of energy in your home, business and school. He will also discuss the importance of individual actions in improving the environment.  Many of you may have heard of Jeff Barrie through his popular independent film “Killowatt Ours”.  This event will be held at the Bristol Public Library and is free and open to the public.


February 4th at 6:30 P.M. ~ Jennifer Barrie, “Killowat Ours” Youth Initiative Director will have a special presentation for children in the Children’s Library.  The objective is to encourage children to love their natural surroundings and educate them to care for it.  Environmental programs are critical to securing lifelong stewards of our natural resources and building a green community.  Children will receive a free energy efficient light bulb that evening and all week during our special story times, Monday at 11:30 am and Tuesday at 10:00 am. 


There will be Special giveaways for adults and children on Thursday evening and used books can be donated to the library at any time.



Contact:  Genette Yates, Director, Keep Bristol Beautiful

(423) - 989-4850 or   



Genette Yates
Keep Bristol Beautiful
20 Volunteer Parkway
Bristol, TN 37620
(423) 989-4850
(423) 989-4867 fax

9th Annual East Tennessee Environmental Conference - March 16 & 17, 2010   



December 2009 unemployment (released today)

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released its monthly unemployment statistics today. 


Kingsport's unemployment rate increased at the lowest rate of Northeast Tennessee cities during the last 5 years.


At 9.3%, Sullivan County has the 10th lowest unemployment of the 95 counties in Tennessee.


Compared to the same time period 5 years ago:

  • Kingsport increased 3.5%
  • Bristol, TN increased 3.7%
  • Johnson City increased 4.3%
  • Washington County increased 4.7%
  • Sullivan County increased 5.1%
  • Hawkins County increased 4.9%
  • Tennessee increased 5.5%
  • U.S. increase 5.1%
  • Greene County increased 7.90%

View the full report "Economic Indicators" at





Tilden J. Fleming, AICP

Assistant City Manager for Development

City of Kingsport, Tennessee

Phone: 423.229.9381 (desk/cell)




Foreclosures down in Tennessee for 2009, rate remains low in Kingsport

Click here  The December market data for Sullivan County and Kingsport was consistent
with what it has been most of the year. In Kingsport there were 22
foreclosure ...

Natural Tunnel bucks trend of rising attendance at state parks

Natural Tunnel is 25 miles north of Kingsport, Tennessee

NATURAL TUNNEL — Despite 2009 being a record year for attendance at state
parks across Virginia, Scott County's Natural Tunnel State Park saw its
number of.

Breast Oncology Navigators pave the road to recovery



CONTACT:    Jim Wozniak

                        (423) 230-8237





There are few things more frightening to a woman than a diagnosis of breast cancer – except, perhaps, facing such a diagnosis alone.

That's why the Wellmont Regional Cancer Network offers oncology breast navigators to guide patients through treatment at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center. Every breast cancer patient receives one-on-one attention to help her navigate through diagnosis, treatment and recovery – all from the very beginning.

"My role is to pick the patient up at the initial diagnosis," said Mary Coon, a registered nurse and oncology breast navigator at Bristol Regional.

"I determine if the patient already has a surgeon, assercertain when her appointment is, attend the consultation with her, hear what the physician says, hear options and reiterate what the surgeon has stated to the patient, helping her make an informed decision about her personal treatment process."

That same customized attention can be expected at Holston Valley, where LaCosta Brown, who is certified in breast cancer and general oncology, is the oncology breast care coordinator.

"Not everyone has the same life," Brown said. "Not everyone has the same needs. We coordinate their care around their life to our best ability."

Navigators aid patients in coordinating office visits and treatments so all their time isn't spent at the hospital. Navigators also provide valuable tools such as information on how to find additional funding for care, where to meet with local support groups and where to find wigs.

In addition, navigators attend weekly multidisciplinary conferences to discuss post-operative and newly diagnosed patients – one at a time. Also attending those sessions are physicians and staff members from radiology, pathology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, clinical trials, genetic counseling and plastic surgery departments.

"We do these because it puts more heads on the case," Coon said. "It gives us all a better approach to a patient's treatment. It gives me great confidence knowing I'm recommending the right options for my patients."

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Kingsport Center for Higher Education tops 1,000 students

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Ribbon Cutting for TriSummit Bank Church Circle Financial Center

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce will host a  ribbon cutting for TriSummit Bank Church Circle Financial Center will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. at 422 Broad Street, downtown Kingsport.


TriSummit Bank opened business in February 2007, as a full-service community bank with a principal office in each of the Tri-Cities.


As long-time residents and community leaders, the founders believed there was a need for a home-owned community bank dedicated to serving the consumers and businesses in Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City in a way that exceeded expectations.


"Our strength is our people who are an outstanding team of experienced and highly qualified financial professionals," said chairman and CEO R. Lynn Shipley, Jr.  "Their focus is on the guiding values for the bank of exceeding customer expectations for both service and quality by doing the right thing, giving more than people have learned to expect, treating customers and each other the way we'd want to be treated."


The bank's leadership purchased the former American Electric Power building in 2007 for Tri-Summit's second Kingsport location. The building was selected based on the prime downtown location with the space needed, and to be part of downtown redevelopment.  TriSummit's intent in pursuing the purchase was to do something positive for the bank and community.


The new financial center occupies the first floor and features a number of client amenities and state-of-the-art technology housed against the backdrop of the building's unique architectural features. The bank's corporate offices were relocated from the Stone Drive location to the second floor of the financial center.


"Opening the Church Circle Financial Center in this landmark building on historic Church Circle marks the addition of a second location in Kingsport, the renewal of a beautiful downtown building and a celebration of the bank's third anniversary," stated Executive Vice President and Kingsport Area Manager Ted Fields.


"We are very pleased with the outstanding construction, renovation and preservation efforts of our architect, general contractor and sub-contractors, as well as a number of highly talented artisans from the region who worked with us to repair, refurbish and/or replace the building's distinctive architectural features," Shipley said .


Fields announced veteran Kingsport banker Joyce Dockery has been named Financial Center manager for the Church Circle office, moving from the Stone Drive office. Brent Mullins has been named the new Stone Drive Financial Center manager.


Hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.


For more information on TriSummit Bank call (423) 392-5617 or visit


The Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit business organization comprised of nearly 1,000 members.  The Kingsport Chamber's mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, visit or call (423) 392-8800. We're social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.



Marybeth Kench
Communications & Events Coordinator
Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
ph: 423.392.8827
fax: 423.246.7234
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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Google Sketchup 3d warehouse of Kingsport buildings

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Sunny's Sideroads - focus on Northeast Tennessee

Click here Northeast Tennessee Timeline « Sunny's Sideroads

By sunnytennessee

Daniel Boone carves wilderness trail through Fort Watauga and The Long
Island of the Holston (modern-day Kingsport). The Yuchi Indians referred to
the Long Island as “Tana-see,” which means “The Meeting Place. ...

Indian Springs PTA food drive to celebrate 100th day of school

Click here Indian Springs Elementary School, Kingsport, TN

1945 Dobyns-Bennett football highlights (vs. Knoxville High)

Click here YouTube - 1945 Dobyns-Bennett Football highlights
Very rare 16mm dub of the Dobyns-Bennett / Knoxville high school football
game played on October 26, 1945 at J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport,

MapQuest displaying Scott County road names

Click here GATE CITY — Motorists traveling to Scott County might have
an easier time finding a particular destination now that 911 addresses and
road ...

Scott County VA schools win accolades from governor, State Board of Education

Click here GATE CITY — The Scott County school system and a number of
its schools were recognized by the governor of Virginia and the State Board
of ...

Mall owner says Marquee Cinemas may expand at current site

Click here That's the word from mall owner Somera Capital Management. “We have
received no indication from the tenant that they have any intention of
leaving the mall ...

Stress testing now available at Lee Regional

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From: Jim Wozniak <>
Date: Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 11:19 AM
Subject: Stress testing now available at Lee Regional




CONTACT:    Jim Wozniak

                        (423) 230-8237





PENNINGTON GAP, Va. – Undergoing an important cardiac test will now be a little less stressful for Lee County residents and the surrounding region.

Stress testing, a diagnostic tool that helps determine the health of a person's heart, is available at Lee Regional Medical Center, enabling people in the Lee County area to get the care they need without a lengthy drive.

Lee Regional is working with Cardiovascular Associates of Kingsport, Tenn., to offer stress tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The hospital is already seeing high demand for the service – completing 10 tests in three days.

Carol Haworth, a nurse practitioner who has worked with CVA for more than 10 years, is conducting the tests. She is working under the direction of Dr. Kiran Chennareddy, a family medicine physician in Pennington Gap who has credentials to provide cardiac stress testing, and Dr. Herbert Ladley, a board-certified cardiologist with CVA.

Stress testing has not been available at Lee Regional since the hospital's cardiologist left the area two years ago. Since then, Lee Regional has referred patients to CVA in Kingsport to undergo stress tests.

"We're very excited to have this service back at Lee Regional," said Bruce Ellis, Lee Regional's vice president of clinical affairs. "A major positive for patients is not to have to travel a long distance for a procedure that can now be provided at home."

A cardiac stress test is an indirect way of assessing the heart's blood supply by exposing the heart to exercise, usually on a bike or treadmill. Patients who have an abnormal resting heart rate or cannot otherwise exercise can take the test but are induced by medication that stimulates the rate and pumping force of the heart similar to that of physical exercise.

Cardiac stress tests can be ordered for patients who visit the ER for chest pain but have not suffered an acute heart attack or for patients with multiple coronary disease risk factors.

Lee Regional President Ron Prewitt said the hospital is proud to offer quality health care close to home.

"The return of stress testing at our community hospital is a sign of our commitment to the welfare of our patients," Prewitt said. "We're honored that the residents of Lee County have entrusted us to take care of their medical needs."



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Downtown Kingsport Association announces 2010 events

Click here Downtown Kingsport Association announces 2010 events
By The Continuous News Desk Visitors to downtown Kingsport will have a
chance to take in a lot of festivities in the model city this year. ...

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One of Two Remaining Wolves Recaptures - Bays Mountain Park re-opens

A search team consisting of Bays Mountain Park officials and volunteers successfully captured and returned to the park one of the two remaining escaped gray wolves late Tuesday afternoon.
Kawoni, a female wolf from the older pack, was spotted at a property located just outside park boundaries on Hood Road. She was then successfully darted with a tranquilizer allowing the search team to approach and secure her for safe transport back to Bays Mountain Park. Upon her arrival, Kawoni was then placed in a separate enclosure from the other wolves where she is slated to undergo a physical examination by a veterinarian this evening.
The return of Kawoni also made possible a ruling by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to allow the park to re-open at noon on Wednesday, January 27. The park had remained closed since December 4 when six of the park’s eight gray wolves escaped from their habitat when heavy, damaging winds caused a tree to fall destroying sections of their enclosure. Four of the escaped wolves were returned to their habitat within days while the remaining two proved elusive until Kawoni’s capture this afternoon.
“We are elated to have successfully captured one of the remaining escaped wolves,” said Park Manager Ken Childress. “The safe return of Kawoni is a huge morale boost for those members of our staff and volunteers who have worked so tirelessly and faithfully to bring the wolves back home. There are also park neighbors who have assisted in the effort and we are tremendously grateful for their help and support.”
Any additional updates and information regarding Kawoni’s recapture will be made available tomorrow.
One of the nation’s largest city-owned parks with 3,550 acres, Bays Mountain Park features 37 miles of hiking trails, a state-of-the-art planetarium, wildlife habitats, fun exhibits, a 44-acre lake, trails for mountain biking and much, much more.


Rob Cole
Bays Mountain Park Association
853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37660


Crews removing 125-foot tall chimney at Holston Valley Medical Center

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From: Jim Wozniak <>
Date: Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM
Subject: Crews removing 125-foot tall chimney at Holston Valley Medical Center




CONTACT:    Jim Wozniak

                          (423) 230-8237






KINGSPORT – For decades, the 125-foot tall chimney at Holston Valley Medical Center has soared into the skyline and served as one of Kingsport's landmarks.

But soon, the chimney will no longer be part of the landscape. Employees of Taft & Frye, a demolition company from Bristol, Va., are dismantling the structure that served the hospital for 58 years. The chimney was taken out of service in early December when the second of two replacement chimneys, both about 30 feet, went on line.

The chimney removal and replacement is part of Project Platinum, the ongoing renovation and expansion of the hospital.

"To me, it will take the institutional look away from the facility, which is in keeping with the major internal and external upgrades and additions we're doing," Jim Moore, Wellmont Health System's vice president of facilities, said of the chimney's removal. "It will definitely improve the hospital aesthetically."

Removing the chimney has been a priority for Holston Valley President Blaine Douglas.

"I think it's a signal that we're moving forward and have a new facility," Douglas said. "It's a new beginning."

The chimney is made of various types of brick and had a concrete cap on top. Workers are removing the chimney by hand, and the demolition should be complete in about six weeks.

Moore considered using explosives to remove the chimney but abandoned that thought after talking to Taft & Frye. That would have put some critical life safety electrical feeds and emergency generators at risk.

"Safety always comes first," he said.




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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Upcoming Ballet

Kingsport Ballet's upcoming Romantic Collection of Ballets, scheduled for March 6th and 7th at Eastman.  Tickets (lower prices for this performance) on sale now through our website.

Please include the following information in your calendars as part of Romantic Collection of Ballets:

Enjoy the ride!  Groups (12 or more) attending the ballet will enjoy being chauffeured to dinner at Kingsport Grocery Company and then to Eastman Auditorium for the ballet performance for under $30!  Call 423/378-3967 for reservations.
Give the unique gift of Ballet to your loved one – purchase a beautifully packaged, heart-shaped dish containing home-made chocolate truffles and two vouchers to Romantic Collection!  These special gifts are on sale at select specialty stores in downtown Kingsport* for just $40 during the month of February.

Please see attached press release for full information.
Thank you!
Kingsport Ballet Executive Director

Coming March 6, 2010 "Discover Your Ancestry!"

Genealogy Workshop, Sullivan County Archives & Tourism

Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
Post Office Box 3179, Blountville, TN 37617
Office (423) 323-4660  /  Fax (423) 323-4635
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Kingsport Blog

Watch Your Next Kingsport ChamberZone from Food City

Watch Your Next Kingsport ChamberZone!
On location from Food City!
Marybeth Kench
Communications & Events Coordinator
Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
ph: 423.392.8827
fax: 423.246.7234
We're social too! Follow Us.

Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog

Free H1N1 Clinics

Blountville: The Sullivan County Regional Health Department will be holding free vaccination clinics for H1N1 at two sites on Saturday, January 30th, from 10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The clinics will be located at Sullivan North High School in Kingsport and at Vance Middle School in Bristol, and are open to anyone in the community 6 months of age and older who would like to be vaccinated. No appointments are necessary, and vaccinations will be offered on a first come basis.

Dr. Stephen May, Regional Medical Director for the Sullivan County Regional Health Department states, “H1N1 continues to circulate in the community and the best protection continues to be vaccination.”

For more information on H1N1 flu, please visit and Local information can be obtained on the Sullivan County Regional Health Department website (, Facebook, and Twitter\SullivanHealth.

Additionally, people who have questions about the clinics may contact the Sullivan County Regional Health Department at (423)279-2663.

Let's Go Fishin'

Wishing for something to beat the winter fishing blahs? Wish no more.

It's Fishin' Time in Tennessee!

Oh, yeah, don't tell anyone.... It's FREE.

Let's Go Fishin'! kicks off this Wednesday, January 27th at 6:45PM, Higher Ground Baptist Church, Kingsport, TN.

Ott Defoe is looking forward to hanging out and sharing a few of his insider Professional Tips.

To provide as much time possible for the evening events, please ARRIVE EARLY. We plan to start promptly at 6:45 and it takes a few minutes to sign in and register for door prizes.

Door prizes continue to be a little slower than previous classes, so all donations will be appreciated, big or small, we use them all.

You may bring donations to the class, drop off at the church or mail to Let's Go Fishin'!, 1017 Valleydale Drive, Kingsport, TN 37664.

Bring a dozen or so fishin' buddies with you.

See you Wednesday!

The link takes you to the event flyer.

Best Fishes,

Nathan E. Light
Co-Host, Fishing Pro Staff
3B Outdoors

School Board Appreciation Week


Can I pass this on to your email distribution? I’d like to encourage the public to thank a school board member for volunteering their time to better our public schools.

Each year for more than 20 years, Tennessee residents, including parents, teachers school staff and students have celebrated "School Board Week in Tennessee," honoring school board members who govern our schools and make a difference in the lives of each of Tennessee's children. This year's School Board Appreciation Week is being celebrated January 24nd-30th.

These elected public servants donate their time and effort to ensure Kingsport’s school system runs smoothly and our students receive the best education possible. "School Board Appreciation Week" is a chance for the community to thank these individuals for their commitment to education.

We’d like to take a moment to say "Thank You" to the Kingsport Board of Education for all of their hard work and dedication to our schools and children. If you would like to send a quick "thank you" email, here is their contact info: Board President Susan Lodal, Vice-President Wally Boyd, Dr. Randy Montgomery, Cheryl Harvey and Carrie Upshaw.


Amy Greear
Director of Communications
Kingsport City Schools
Phone: (423) 378-2123
Fax: (423) 378-2120

BANQ Downtown Kingsport - the gathering space for banquets, events, and meetings

Hi Jeff, I just wanted to let you know about BANQ, the new banquet hall in the heart of Downtown Kingsport. Go to For current information sheet and pricing, contact With its classic architectural decor and top quality A/V, it is the perfect facility for corporate events. It even has a private attached fully furnished luxury Urban Loft that can be rented daily/weekly.

I also wanted to let you know about the Winter Corporate Special we are currently offering: Use BANQ's Grand Hall before April 1, 2010, for a corporate party/event for only $500 (excludes Saturday), and this includes round tables and chairs for up to 152 people and 5 serving tables. The space has a max capacity of 295 people. Feel free to check out our website@ or our Facebook page: for recent event pictures.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Kingsport native's music to be recorded live

Click here Doyle Lawson show to be recorded live
Macon County News
Born in 1944 near Kingsport, Tenn., Lawson taught himself to play mandolin
at age 11 by “listening to the radio, a few records, and watching the
occasional ...

Second phase of Gibson Mill Road project gets underway

Click here The next phase of the Gibson Mill Road improvement project
got under way this week, with plans calling for a new three-lane road from
Stone ...

The Rat Pack is Back - in Kingsport

Click here The legendary Frank, Sammy, Dean and Joey are
coming to Kingsport. The Rat Pack is Back, hailed as “the best show in
Vegas,” ...

MoveToKingsport Year-To-Date Relocation Report - January 4, 2010


Report uploaded to website:

Family Can Keep Young Graduates Closer to Home

Who moves? Young college graduates are more likely to move to a new state if they made good grades or attended top ranked colleges. Those who stay enjoy their spare time and want to live near family.

On the Trail of the Trail

Click here On the Trail of the Trail: McLemore's Cove in Walker County, Georgia
By W. Jeff Bishop
He was at Fort Robinson near Great Island (Kingsport, Tennessee) in 1762.
Robert was one of the chiefs at the Will's Town Council (1817). Under the
Treaty of 1819 he was entitled to 640 acres, so he took land around his
home on Battle ...

The road less traveled

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The Road Less Traveled
By Emily Davis
Then today Anna Kaye went with me to kingsport. We went to heaven...I never
would have guessed that heaven was in Kingsport, but it is. It is disguised
as "Ulta beauty supply". It was love at first sight. Me and Anna both
wanted the ...

Technology provides link for learning at a distance at Kingsport Center for Higher Education

Click here For Sanaa Heiba, bridging the gap between
Tullahoma and Kingsport to complete her master's degree was a mouse click...

Friday, January 22, 2010

Census Bureau is hiring 1,000 people in the Tri-Cities

Temporary, part-time jobs
Flexible hours
Close to your home
Census taker pay rate: $12.00/hr
Paid training
Easy to apply

CALL or go online to schedule a TESTING date and time.


Upcoming Census test dates in KINGSPORT, TN:

MONDAY January 25 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive

TUESDAY January 26 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Bloomingdale Ruritan, 3232 Van Horn St.

WEDNESDAY January 27 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive

THURSDAY January 28 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive

FRIDAY January 29 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive

SATURDAY January 30 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive

MONDAY February 1 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Bloomingdale Ruritan, 3232 Van Horn St.

TUESDAY February 2 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive

WEDNESDAY February 3 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive

THURSDAY February 4 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Bloomingdale Ruritan, 3232 Van Horn St. AND Kingsport Civic Auditorium, 1550 Fort Henry Drive

FRIDAY February 5 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Kingsport Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center Street

SATURDAY February 6 at 2:00 p.m. ONLY: Kingsport Public Library Auditorium, 400 Broad Street

You may drop by a testing session to see if there is space, but we suggest calling to make an appointment to reserve your spot.

Prehistoric Museum moving from Cookeville to Kingsport

WREG Memphis - The owner of the Highlands Prehistoric Museum in Cookeville says
he's moving it to Kingsport at the end of the month. Jerry Jacene says the
museum ...

Public forum invitation (Bays Mtn Park)





Your Kingsport Chamber 63rd Annual Dinner Invitation

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Critics are raving; audiences are standing...
Kingsport's Social Event of the Year!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Your Kingsport Chamber 63rd Annual Dinner is hosted by:

"The Best Show in Vegas!"

-Player Magazine

Reception - 6 p.m.
Dinner & Program - 7 p.m.

Black Tie Optional

Tickets $75 per person

Call your Kingsport Chamber @ 423.392.8800 for tickets!
No Refunds After Monday, February 1, 2010


MeadowView Wine Special
MeadowView will be offering a selection of wines available for purchase the night of the event.

MeadowView Guest Room Special
A special guest room rate of $89 is offered to Kingsport Chamber Annual Dinner attendees who would like to spend the night at MeadowView.

Reservations can be made by calling MeadowView at (423) 578-6520.

Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra Special
This year's Kingsport Chamber Annual Dinner ticket will also be good for a complimentary ticket to any Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra concert in 2010.


The Rat Pack Is Back show re-creates an impromptu night at the
Sands Hotel in Vegas, circa 1961.


With a stellar cast of some of the finest performers in the business, The Rat Pack Is Back has been hailed as the next best thing to seeing the original Rat Pack themselves.

"A 'TRIBUTE' in praise of his name."
Norine Dworkin,
L.A. Times


The Rat Pack Is Back
is the only licensed, full time show of its kind in the U.S.

"This is as close as anyone has come to capturing the feeling of the real thing."
- Joe Delaney,

The Las Vegas Sun

The Rat Pack Is Back!

Playing in more than thirty cities in 2008, this is a musical comedy you won't want to miss!

Written and produced by Mr. Sandy Hackett, son of the World's most hilarious comics, Mr. Buddy Hackett!

"They were style with substance, swing with swagger, a non-stop party that everyone wanted access to."
- Jim Mauro,
Player Magazine

"THE REAL SWINGERS, 'Rat Pack' is a tribute to the beloved bad boys."
- Joy Jones,
Sun Herald

Your Kingsport Chamber 63rd Annual Dinner 

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No Refunds After Monday, February 1, 2010.

Your Kingsport Chamber 63rd Annual Dinner Is Made Possible Thanks to the Generous Support of these Great Sponsors!

Title Sponsor


Host Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsor


Concert Hall & Stage Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

oak hill

Education Sponsor

Printing Sponsor

Food City

Media Sponsors

12 Bones

Hall of Fame

11 Connects

Bristol Motor Speedway

Charter Business

City of Kingsport

CSX Transportation


Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Credit Union

Food City

Holston Valley Medical Center

King College

MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center

Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations



BAE Systems


AGC Glass Company


Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

Bank of Tennessee

First Tennessee Bank

J.A. Street & Associates

Pal's Sudden Service

Regions Bank

Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra

University of Tennessee





Baysmont Asbury Place of Kingsport


Charter Media

Holston Medical Group

Hunter, Smith & Davis

Lincoln Memorial University


Tennessee Electric Company

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Blackburn, Childers & Steagall, PLC


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Dent K. Burk Associates

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Emory & Henry College


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Price & Ramey

Rodefer Moss & Company PLLC

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Urology Associates of Kingsport, PC

Wilson Worley Moore Gamble & Stout PC

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A Team Real Estate Professionals

Branch Banking & Trust Company

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Family Dental Center PC

First Bank & Trust Company

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital

Heritage Title & Closing Services

Lawler Wood Housing

Northeast State Community College

Old Island Homes/TCI Group

Tusculum College

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Jeff Fleming
Kingsport Blog
Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.